BREAKING NEWS: US Jesuits agree £103 million abuse payout

US Jesuits agree £103 million abuse payout

By Greg Szymanski
Mar 26, 2011
 
If you go back in my radio archives, you’ll find numerous interviews with Ken Bear Chief, the investigator for the Tamaki Law Firm, who was documenting genocide of Native Americans at the Jesuit Mission Schools.
 
I was the first journalist to cover the story in America, giving Native Americans a voice for justice when major news outlets wouldn’t touch the story and were ore concerned about Lady Gaga and Charlie Sheen.
 
While CNN and CBS were covering for the Jesuits, I was busy telling you this was the biggest story to hit news stands, implicating the Jesuits and Vatican with US government complicity to genocide, torture and child abuse, using the front of education and Mission schools set up on Reservations.
 
There has been a settlement in the case.
 
Here is the story from The Telegraph in London and  Ken Bear Chief will be on Monday’s radio program.
 

US Jesuits agree to $163 million abuse payout

The US Northwest chapter of the Rome-based Society of Jesus agreed to the payout – which lawyers said is the biggest by a religious organisation in the United States – as part of bankruptcy proceedings.

Most of those abused by priests from the Oregon Province – the Jesuit order which covers the states of Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Idaho and Montana – were American Indians at mission schools on Indian reservations.

“This settlement recognises that the Jesuits betrayed the trust of hundreds of young children in their care, and inflicted terrible atrocities upon them,” said lawyer Blaine Tamaki.

“These religious figures should have been responsible for protecting children, but instead raped and molested them,” he added.

Victims of the abuse by the Catholic-following order have been watching the case closely, including Clarita Vargas, who said the announcement marked “a day of reckoning and justice.”

“I feel that nothing can compensate for the loss of being whole and being allowed to be a child and growing up in a healthy environment,” she told the Oregonian newspaper.

“But this will start us and continue to help us on our path to healing,” she added.

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